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she looks just like me [ laughter ] seriously. congratulations, bob and carla, we love you guys. thanks for watching. good night. this quote from steve bannon. now i'm free. that's the tune from president trump's now former chief strategist after being ousted from the white house. that is one of our stories this hour. welcome to "cnn." i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. >> it is 10:00 a.m. in barcelona, spain. i'm becky anderson. a manhunt for the man still at last. cnn newsroom starts right now.
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>> we begin from the white house. ex-white house strategist steve bannon says the trump presidency is over now he is not part of it. bannon was fired friday. seven months into the white house job. hours later, he was back at his old position as executive chairman of breitbart news which he called his quote killing machine. >> after being fired, bannon told "the weekly standard" the following, the trump presidency we fought for and won is over. we will make something of the trump presidency, but that presidency is over. it will be something else and all kinds of fights and good days and bad days, but that presidency is over. >> one white house official says bannon's firing was originally intended to take place two weeks ago, but put off.
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he is the latest high profile figure to exit the trump inner circle. >> that includes michael flynn and sean spicer and reince priebus. >> to explain how bannon's dismissal unfolded, here is jim acosta. >> reporter: like a contestant on the reality show, steve bannon was fired. the white house released a statement, chief of staff john kelly and steve bannon agreed today is his last day. the wheels have been in motion for some time. sources tell cnn bannon was to be fired two weeks ago because he did not meet the power structure of the white house. the president hinted bannon's days were over. >> whemr. bannon came on late. i went through 17 senators and governors and won the primaries.
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mr. bannon came on later than that. i like him. he's a good man. he is not a racist. i can tell you that. he's a good person. he gets unfair press in that rerd we will see. >> reporter: add to that, bannon irked the president by granting interviews to under cut president trump's message. asked about the fire and fury of north korea, there is no military solution. bannon needled the press as in a conference this year. >> just like they were dead on the campaign and dead wrong on the transition. they dead wrong about what has gone on today. we have a team grinding it through on president trump promising the american people and the mainstream media better understand all of the promises will be implemented. >> reporter: he told the "times" the media should be embarrassed and listen for a while.
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the media is the opposition party. the white house leader says the outgoing chief strategist doesn't want to go to war with president trump. he wants him to succeed and be the top outside surrogate. jim acosta, cnn, bridgewater, new jersey. >> joshua green is the author of "devil's bar begin ae's bargain" this reads as followed, just got off the phone with bannon. i'm leaving the white house and going to war. for trump, against his opponents on capitol hill and media and corporate america. that is bannon making his views known to mr. green. afterwards, green offered insight to my colleague john berman. >> in his interview with me, he
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was very on message as far as saying this is a positive. we will advance trump's agenda. he made it clear he will go after people who he feels are inhibiting trump's agenda. as he said in the interview, those people include folks like gary cohen and steve mnuchin. probably some of the generals. like h.r. mcmaster. i had a source today compare bannon and bannon's departure to obi wan kenobi at the end of "star wars." if you only strike me down, you make me stronger. bannon has the same view. he will be more powerful on the outside. >> let's speak with leslie. she is from the university in london. bannon joining a string from the trump team leaving the white house. what you do make of his words as
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he exits? >> it is quite extraordinary. i think some people have thought it was coming for a while. the departure is very significant. i think there is a real concern about what he will do from breitbart. he is associated with the white nationalist and populist agenda. he has struggled to have that gain traction he wanted it to have in the white house. certainly john kelly's appointment as chief of staff threatens that. he will take it outside the white house. he said he wants to support trump and nationalist agenda. he will do this in part by launching an attack on several of the professionals of those supporting the president going forward. the key thing here that people are not talking about is what the president is going to do now. remember the buck stops with the president. as much as we like to associate things that have happened with
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steve bannon, he has been important and influential. he lost a lot of battles. it is really president trump that makes decisions. >> right. that was going to be my question number three. let's go ahead and talk about that. yes, he was trump's right-hand man and now he's goine. now for donald trump, who is his confidant? hit supporters outside of jared kushner? outside of family? >> you know, clearly this creates yet more for jared kushner. it also gives john kelly greater capacity to bring some function functionality to the white house. to turn to mcmaster and mattis and dunford to try to create more of a sense of coherence.
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it is difficult after charlottesville, he goes off message. he doesn't need steve bannon to articulate an agenda that is very much shaped and colored by white nationalism and refusal to condemn the neo-nazis and white anything nationalists that marched in charlottesville. it is difficult to predict what the president will do going forward. >> right. you speak of charlottesville. he is not saying anything to indicate he is going down some new path. he is sticking with the donald trump message which is whatever comes out of donald trump's mouth at anytime really. >> there is more leverage now for those who like to push forward with an economically liberal agenda. gary cohen, of course, may have
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needed steve bannon to go in order to stay on. cohen was unhappy with what happened with charlottesville. many people were happy he did not go. many were unhappy he didn't. and in terms of pressing forward with tax reform and donald trump now has lost a lot of support from several leading ceos as we saw over the last few days. pushing forward more of a liberal agenda economically is less obstructed with steve bannon gone. he was a protectionist and nationalist. if you go back to the inauguration speech that was shaped by steve bannon's language. he thought it was too toned down. we have seen this ongoing battle with the globalists and nationalists. there are still others in place that support the agenda. far fewer. he has lost a number of battles.
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the muslim ban. first signature policy got pushed back by civil society. it is fought through the courts. it will be heard by the supreme court in october. bannon, as much as he created disruption, he is likely to continue that on the outside. he did not have a lot of wins in the white house. >> it will be interesting to see if donald trump can get back on track with his agenda and get some of his plans pushed through. leslie vinjamuri, thank you. george. we are following a big story on the other side of the world. the situation in spain after the terror attacks on the coastline. becky anderson is live there. >> reporter: thank you, george. reuters reporting that spanish police say the driver in thursday's van attack here in barcelona may still be at large. officials identified younes as a
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suspect. it is not clear if he is the driver. four others are in custody. police killed another five in a shootout, you remember, in cambris. in the first three of the events along the coast. investigators say explosives were stored there and a premature detonation levelled the house. the police found traces of tatp. that is the same substance used in deadly bombings in paris, brussels and manchester within the last two years. they believe the attacks in barcelona and cambrils could have been bloodier if the explosives made it out of that house. more than new information. with me now is isa soares. isa, you are a distance away from the property.
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i want to get away from what is going on there and what the police found. first, let's talk abt the one member of the cell who may still be on the run. what do we know at this point? >> reporter: the moment we have got a name and face. spanish media calling him saying he is moroccan national and 22 years of age. the police say he is still at large and on the run. he is the man they believe was behind the van that drove so many people and mowed people down in las ramblas. we know there were three others. we have released their pictures.
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police putting together the puzzle of the individuals and how big of a cell this actually was. police say they believe it is about 12 members of the cell operating from alcanal. becky, several of the individuals, younes abouyaaqoub and three others came from a city north of barcelona. police tightening the search and investigation. not only on that area and where these controlled explosions where the police are carrying these out to find out what was going on in that house and how big was the operation and exactly the materials involved in planning what could have been a much worst terror attack in
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barcelona. becky. >> reporter: and if these are tatp explosives that have indeed been found or traces of tatp found at the property, just how significant would that be? explain. >> reporter: becky, from the experience of covering the terrorist attacks, you and have covered london bombings and others in paris too. we can say when tatp has been used, the instance it has been used, it has been used and causes a huge explosion. we know it was used in paris 2015 bombings in brussels, but in the may manchester bombing. police are saying the fact that the bomb explosion on wednesday deprived them of carrying out their grand plan because they did not have the explosives at hand to actually carry this out.
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as source close to the investigation telling cnn they found traces of tatp. what this source has told us as well is mixing acetone with hydrogen peroxide can go wrong. that is why we see inside the house, a bomb factory, and it is blown to pieces. huge bombs operational from there. one person was killed. one person injured and that person has been taken into custody. becky. >> reporter: isa soares at the heart of what is a multi-facetted ongoing police operation here in spain. isa, thank you. some of the victims who lost their lives here in barcelona
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are being identified. 43-year-old american jared tucker on a delayed honeymoon with his wife of one year. his father described the moment he learned his son was dead. >> and it was just a few minutes after he left is when the terrorist's truck hit. they were there, but they weren't hurt. then they tried to find jared afterwards. no one could find him. maybe they thought he was in one of the hotels secured until the police released him. when they released people to come back out on the streets, jared did not show up. >> reporter: two italian nationals killed in the attack. one on holiday with his partner and two kids. and 25-year-old luca was vacationing with his girlfriend who was founded. at least 34 countries nationalities were killed or
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wounded. all of the countries you see in yellow on the map on your screens. back with us a little later. george. >> learning so much new information. following a story in the united states. learning about three shootings targeting police. authorities say one officer has died in a shooting in florida. another in grave critical condition. police are investigating if it was an ambush. they have several suspects in custody. the u.s. president is sending his support on twitter. quote my thoughts and prayers are with the kissimmee police. to tell you about another shooting in jacksonville, florida. two police officers were shot with a high power rifle. two state troopers shot friday night in fayette county, pennsylvania. the suspect was killed. still ahead this hour, she
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lost her daughter and now one woman is expressing her disgust with the u.s. president. we will hear from the mother of the charlottesville victim ahead. ahead here at the trump white house. racking up one bad week after another. the one that just ended may have been the worst one yet.
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welcome back to "newsroom." it has been 30 weeks since donald trump has been president of the united states. >> but this week may be the worst yet. here is how mr. trump's week went. last saturday he spoke about the violence in charlottesville condemning the violence on quote many sides. >> monday, after a great deal of criticism, the president denounced the kkk and neo-nazis as repugnant, but on tuesday, he blamed both sides for the violence in off the cuff remarks. he said some white nationalists were quote very fine people. >> on wednesday, coes were leaving the advisory councils and then the councils disbanded.
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friday, mr. trump fired steve bannon. and another exit from among the president's advisers, carl icahn has quit. he was the special adviser on regulatory reform. he is stepping down because he did not want partisan bickering to cloud his role. some say he had a conflict of interest while he advised the president and still oversaw his businesses. and harsh words for the president from the mother of the daughter who was killed in charlottesville. we have more from cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: amid her grief, the mother of charlottesville violence, heather heyer. >> i'm not talking to the president now. i'm sorry. after what he said about my child and it is not that i saw
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somebody else's tweets about him. i saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like ms. heyer with the kkk and the white supremacists. >> reporter: susan bro told "good morning america" the white house attempted to reach her during her daughter's funeral. if she was ever considering meeting with the president, this turned her off. >> i think there is blame on both sides. >> you can't wash this away by shaking my hand. >> reporter: the white house saying their thoughts and prayers are with bro and her family. meanwhile, talk show hosts are circulating the conspiracy theory about the protesters in charlottesville. sean hannity brought up a rumor which spread on social media about so-called antifa. >> there is a story out today that raises a question whether or not antifa agitators that
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showed up in charlottesville on saturday were bought and paid for. apparently this was uncovered in the media reported it by an l.a. based company calling itself crowds on demand. >> reporter: it did post an ad on craigslist a few days before the protests. saying it was looking for actors and photographers to participate in rallies and protests. it offered people $25 an hour. the ad specified it was in the charlottesville, north carolina area. not charlottesville, virginia. hannity acknowledged that. >> i don't know for sure. we will keep an eye on that. >> reporter: crowds on demand said it was not involved in any capacity with the events in charlottesville. the city official in charlottesville told cnn they have seen no evidence that counter protesters were for hire. still, analysts say debunked conspiracy theory can be
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dangerous in this political climate. >> trump seems to get a lot of information from the sean hannitys of the world. not the first time he has given cred credence to a conspiracy theory. this is an issue. >> reporter: which the president could then tweet out. sean hannity responded to cnn. he was clear he had no idea if the crowd solicitation was true. hannity informs his viewers all the time and tells them if he cannot corroborate a story. he then insulted cnn. brian todd, cnn, washington. vandalism of the monuments and memorials is on the rise since the clash in charlottesville a week ago. most of them symbols of the
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confederacy when the south tried to secede from the union. people were in charlottesville to protest the prremoval of the confederate statue. one of lincoln's statue and boston holocaust memorial were vandalized. and one could turn against trump now that steve bannon is out. we will loo at that coming up. you are wching cnn newsroom live. these days families want to be connected 24/7.
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i'm george howell. >> i'm natalie allen. we are joined by beck y anderso live in barcelona. that is where we start. officials identify a suspect still on the run in connection to the deadly van attack in barcelona. they have not confirmed this man younes abouyaaqoub was the driver. the driver could still be on the run. laat least two people kille in a stabbing attack on friday in the markets in the city of turku. the stabbings are being treated as acts of terror. one officer has been killed after a shooting in kissimme, florida. the police is investigating if the incident was an ambush. the u.s. president tweeted
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support to the police and their loved ones. and the chief strategist steve bannon fired on friday following weeks of speculation that the firing was on its way. hours later, he was back at breitbart news as executive chairman. after being fired, bannon declared the trump presidency of p populism is quote over. >> he told "the weekly standard." now i'm free. i have my hands back on my weapons. some say it is bannon the bar be barian. >> his stormy tenure at the white house. a closer look from cnn's tom forman. >> reporter: from the unexpected roaring rise to power, the man whispering in trump's ear was
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steve bannon. at when few were. >> they were laughing at me. this guy trump. this is serious. it is good to see you are in the heat of combat now. >> i remember that you looked and you said those are big crowds. >> reporter: more an a cheerleader, bannon was the idealogue. pushing themes which he crafted over years. on terrorism. >> we are in an outright war against jihadists, islam. >> reporter: on big money interests. >> the political clash have taken care of themselves and led our country to the brink of ruin. >> reporter: on opponents within the republican party. >> deconstruction. >> reporter: once called the most dangerous political operative in america. a former navy officer and banker who made an investment in the
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"seinfeld" tv series. he transformed into a political battering ram. >> we do not want our kids' futures taken away from us. we will stand up and do what we need to do to make sure that doesn't happen. >> reporter: he produced a series of blistering films with conservative views on climate change and obama administration. bannon's movies praised sarah palin and hammering hillary clinton. >> everything is for sale. we are the ones who are paying the price. >> reporter: through it all he preached the gospel of government run amuck. >> unbelievable. unbelievable. >> reporter: by the time he and trump joined force, bannon was going after the media and elites of all stripes. >> i say works class men and women are ten times smarter than the intellectual.
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>> reporter: bannon's outsider status caused friction with d.c. he never pushed legislation to passage. he fell out of fav with the family members. and critics never stopped howling about the ties to the alt-right movement with the racist overtones. >> we are a nation with a culture and reason for being. that's what unites us. that will unite the movement. >> reporter: and although he is now out of the white house as he takes a familiar role as breitbart executive chairman, you can expect his war on washington to roll on. >> if you think they will give you your country back without a tied, you are sadly mistaken. >> reporter: tom forman, cnn, washington. investigators working to unravel what led to the wave of terror on the spanish coast while authorities grapple with the question. how to stop it from happening again.
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♪ live pictures of las ramblas and the memorials of the victims who were killed on thursday. you are joining us back in barcelona. let me show you what is on the front pages of the newspapers here in spainhis morning. "el pais." we are not afraid. a picture of the moment of silence here in the square. behind me attended by the king of spain yesterday at midday. a wave of support for those who lost their lives and have been injured in these attacks. another paper for you today.
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the cell of 12 jihadis spread terror. and "lavanguardia." i will explain what the papers are eluding to in a moment. wave of terror that rocked spain actually started with a house explosion on wednesday. cnn's anna stewart with the story. a warning. there are graphic contents in the piece that you may find disturbing. if you do, please turn away now. >> reporter: silence followed screams. people fleeing the scene of a deadly terror attack in baurs lo barcelona. hours later, a shootout in cambrils. now linked to a day earlier
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issue. an explosion reported at a house 200 kilometers south of barcelona. it levelled the building. killing one person. police now believe all of these incidents may be linked. around 5:00 p.m. on thursday, a white van veered off the road on barcelona as las ramblas street. the van drove at high speed hitting pedestrians enjoying a late afternoon stroll. leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured in the wake. the authorities say the driver left the van escaping on foot. a manhunt is now under way. three hours later, thest suspect arreed. a moroccan born spanish national. 9:30, a second arrest made in alcanar. the scene of the wednesday house explosion. in the early hours of friday, another devastating attack.
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in a seaside resort of cambrils. south of barcelona. authorities say five attackers wearing fake suicide belts drove a black audi into pedestrians. killing one and injuring others. all five terrorists were killed in a shootout. friday morning, a third suspect arrested in repoli. a fourth arrested later in the day. at noon, spain fell silent. a moment of reflection and prayer after more than 24 hours of terror. anna stewart, cnn, london. >> with me now from london is ralphele. the international director of security at the world united services institute. thank you for joining us. we heard anna's timeline of what
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we now believe to be the investigation. the multi-facetted investigation on the catalonian coast. let's start off with the overwhelming evidence, it seems, that these attacks firstly are the result it seems growing evidence suggests of a significant cell here in this region in spain. and the fact that these attacks could have been a lot worse than they were. your thoughts? >> i think you put your finger on two of the very key parts of the story. at the moment, we are looking at what looks like a cell of eight or so people at the moment, possibly more, involved in trying to conduct some sor of terrorist campaign in spain. in the middle of the seaside tourist areas.
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and we can see the individuals appear to have a number of different plans. initially the plan to build a device, a bomb, that seems to have back fired and blown up in their face and destroyed the place where they were building it. this led to panic and deciding we need to try something else. try to use vehicles to try to launch attack in that way. then that also seemed to have slightly worked, but slightly not. it led to the situation where we have the two incidents take place in two places. i think it is striking we see the group is clearly very determined to launch an attack. it is worrying with the youth of the group and so many of them who slipped under the radar. >> and that's important, isn't it? with what we believe with one perpetrator still on the run, possibly out of spain. how would you assess the response in the first instance
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to what has happened here over the last 72 hours or so starting wednesday and indeed the fact the cell, if that is what it is, was not on the radar, it seems, of authorities in spain? >> i think the authorities clearly responded to the situation very quickly. i think we have seen impressive level of terms of trying to shutdown the operation to arrest any individuals and try to pull all the strings together to close it down. the fact one person slipped out is not good. i'm sure there is an international manhunt under way to make sure the individual is captured soon. someone like that is clearly in a situation and desperate and they want to be willing to do anything to escape or make sure they are not captured alive. a lot of work going to track that person down. i think in terms of the security response -- >> go on.
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>> --soy. security officials in spain are trying to pce together the case load and understand to make sure they have comprehension of the plot they are looking at. they are looking at gaps in the capabilities and what they missed where this man was able to get through. >> and that eludes to my next question to a certain extent. i want to refrain from locals and tourists here alike who were either caught up in or witnessed or experiencing the aftermath at las ramblas. people felt spain was off the radar for any isis-inspired activity. france and uk were more targets. we have known there were numerous arrests of isis facilitation skills and cells here in spain.
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spain is not unfamiliar with those inspired by isis and they might have been, we suggest, better prepared? >> i think spain has been dealing with the problem of terrorists for a longer time. despite the threats, they used to face problems with the baath separatists organization. they are attune to terrorist threats. we are looking at the extremism, al qaeda or isis. spain has a history. everyone remembers 2004 in madrid. there have been a number of disruptions. in barcelona, a couple of months ago, they disrupted a cell connected to the paris and brussels network. i think this country was very alert to the problem and realized it is facing potential
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for an attack for some time. i think everyone is surprised it took so lg for something to take place. it was a testament to the local authoritie to stay on top of the threat that it has taken this long before something slipped through. >> all right. we will leave it there. thank you for joining us. you are watching cnn. we will be right back after this. >> thank you. whoa that's amazing...
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megan's smile is getting a lot because she uses act® mouthwash. act® strengthens enamel, protects teeth from harmful acids, and helps prevent cavities. go beyond brushing with act®. welcome back to "newsroom." the u.s. president facing more criticism from h own party for his response to the deadly clashes in charlottesville, virginia. senator ben sasse condemned the alt-right and said president trump did a bad job getting people through the situation. >> he went on to write, quote this is the time for discussion and humility. not intimidation and mobs and midnight wrecking balls. he says it feels like violence is coming. i'm not sure this is the summer of '67 or not, but it might be. before the violence strikes again, it is up to us to reaffirm the american creed again today with our neighbors
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and in our kids' hearts. sasse is warning there are concerns that confrontation and violence may break out again at demonstrations. it is something many americans are concerned about. cnn's jessica schneider has more. >> reporter: law enforcement are worried that alt-right could spill into the rallies this weekend. in durham, people assembled on friday in downtown when word of a kkk rally spread. and free speech rally. several people invited are from white supremacist groups. the organization in boston say their rally is not connected to what happened in virginia. boston's mayor with a warning. >> we don't want hate groups to come to the city or state. we will not tolerate violence. we are taking every precaution to keep our city safe.
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>> reporter: with the week's heightened rhetoric. >> i think more people will die before we're done. >> reporter: and the president's failure to condemn the hate groups. >> you had very bad people in the group. you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. >> reporter: law enforcement is concerned the violence could once again pop up in their cities. >> i just think the rtoric has really brought us to a different level. that is what we're worried about. i have never seen so many people looking for confrontation. we have to knock it down. >> reporter: the evidence is online. the data from flashpoint has been reviewing secure chat rooms and there is an influx of new posters. one cites storm front posted tuesday. just want to say a long time lurker,
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charlottesville, i feel compelled more than ever. >> there is a new sense of motivation to actively reengage or to get started in this community. >> reporter: former kkk wizard david duke who thanked president trump in a tweet promised a fight. >> this represents the people of the country and we are determined to take our country back. we will fulfill the promises of president trump. >> reporter: rallies are expected to be widespread in the coming weeks. while some in boston pledge it is about free speech, some fear it could ignite violence. >> some are choosing flashpoints to rally. they do it under free speech or security. really what it is is an opportunity for them to express hatred in the communities. >> reporter: the big rally to watch unfolds saturday in boston. one group organizer says they insist they invite all for open
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dialogue and denounce violence. some are well known in right wing circles. they are concerned it could be a clash with the protesters. boston's mayor did not want to give the so-called free speech group a permit, but he had to to comply with free speech. jessi jessica schneider, cnn, washington. >> that is the first hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. >> and i'm beckyndersonn barcelona, spain. "cnn newsroom" continues after this short break.
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the man right there. steve bannon fired from his role as white house chief strategist to the u.s. president donald trump. >> bannon has already rejoined the white ring news site breitbart and telling associates he can be a more powerful force for trump's agenda outside the white house. and spanish officials have identified a suspect wanted in connection with thursday's deadly van attack in barcelona. hello, and welcome to our viewers here in the united states i all around the world. i'm george howell. >> i'm nattily allen. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. >> and i'm


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